The Young Women’s Christian Association of Queens received some visitors from overseas last week.
On Oct. 22, the Flushing branch of the not-for-profit community organization hosted dignitaries from the YWCA of China. President Jin Wei and General Secretary Yang Mingming visited the Queens location to learn about the unique ways that YWCAs from around the world are creating meaningful change in their communities.
During their visit, Wei and Mingming joined Asian American seniors from Y Evergreen School, the YWCA’s senior enrichment program, for their weekly luncheon, yoga and choir practice. Both branches of the YWCA agreed on the need for more resources to engage seniors in recreational, educational and social activities.
Wei shared her experiences growing up in the countryside during the “Cultural Revolution” in China. After graduating from college, she worked as a teacher in a teacher’s college. She joined the YWCA as a trainee in 1984 and was elected as China’s YWCA president in 2012.
The leaders of the Queens and China branches also talked about collaborating in the future through exchange programs and student video conferences to promote global solidarity.
The two YWCA of China leaders were in New York to take part in the YWCA World Service Council’s 94th annual meeting on Oct. 23, where they shared their experiences with women empowerment projects in China.
World YWCA United Nations representative Liz Nash was also on hand for the visit.
“It’s great to see the incredible diversity of the YWCA movement,” she said. “Women from around the world supporting one another!”